from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To call forth, draw out, or provoke (a response or reaction, for example): synonym: evoke.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Immediately directed to an end: opposed to imperate.
  • Performed by the will itself without the aid of any other faculty: as, volition, nolition, choice, consent, and the like are elicit acts: opposed to imperate.
  • To draw out; bring forth or to light; evolve; gain: as, to elicit sparks by collision; to elicit truth by discussion; to elicit approval.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective obsolete Elicited; drawn out; made real; open; evident.
  • transitive verb To draw out or entice forth; to bring to light; to bring out against the will; to deduce by reason or argument.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To evoke, educe (emotions, feelings, responses, etc.); to generate, obtain, or provoke as a response or answer.
  • verb To draw out, bring out, bring forth (something latent); to obtain information from someone or something.
  • verb To use logic to arrive at truth; to derive by reason; deduce; construe.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb deduce (a principle) or construe (a meaning)
  • verb derive by reason
  • verb call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin ēlicere, ēlicit- : ē-, ex-, ex- + lacere, to entice.]

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Latin elicitus from elicere, to draw forth


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